Barbara Bretton


Oh, how I hate bios! All of that deadly dull information about name (Barbara Bretton) and date of birth (June 25) and geographical data (born in New York City; lives near Princeton, NJ), marital status (many years married), and hobbies (who has time??). How do you gather up all of those dull, dry facts and turn them into something interesting?

No wonder I tell lies for a living.

I considered weaving a story for you about life on a houseboat on the French Riviera. Or maybe my years as a concubine, hidden away in a golden pleasure palace in the shimmering desert. Then I decided to do the unthinkable and tell you the truth.

When I sold my first book and my life changed forever. I sent in my manuscript on Thursday February 21, 1982 and four days later the telephone rang and I heard the amazing words, "We want to buy your book." How I wish you could have seen me. I was standing by the kitchen door of our North Babylon house, the picture of cool sophistication, as I listened to Vivian Stephens explain the terms of the deal to me. You would have thought I'd sold a first book every single day of my life. Yes, I said. Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for calling. I look forward to our association. That cool sophistication hung on until I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, then promptly threw up on my shoes.

I was thirty-one years old, unagented, unschooled, unfamiliar with anything to do with the business of publishing. To put it mildly, I was in shock. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time (and finishing up his degree at night) so it would be hours until I could break the news to him. This was too exciting to waste on a phone call. I wanted to see his face when I told him that my dream had finally come true -- and came with a $6000 advance!

He pulled into the driveway at midnight. I was waiting in the doorway, holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. I didn't have to say a word. He knew right away and the look of joy and pride in his eyes warms me now, years later, long after the advance faded into memory.

A lot has happened to me in the years since that first sale. I've learned that this is a difficult and demanding business (it takes a tough writer to write a tender book) and that I am happiest when I am most ignorant. I've also learned that a good friend, a writer and pal who truly understands, is worth her weight in good reviews and royalty checks.

I fell madly in love with Skye O'Malley in early 1982 and wrote an unabashedly gushy fan letter to our beloved Bertrice Small. By the time Sunny answered, I had joined the ranks of the published and Sunny became friend and mentor, guide and confidant. She has held my hand through broken dreams, disappointments, family illnesses, and accepted my bizarre need to go underground from time to time with great affection and understanding. Over the years I've come to understand the difference between the writer and her work, that loving the book doesn't guarantee that I will love the author. But what a joy it is when you discover that the author of a beloved favorite is even more wonderful and witty and wise than the characters she creates.

So this bio is for you, Sunny, for being the best of friends during the worst of times and -- even more wonderful -- during the good times as well.

And now for the statistics:

Barbara Bretton is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 books. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in over twenty countries.

Barbara has been featured in articles in The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Romantic Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Herald News, Home News, Somerset Gazette,among others, and has been interviewed by Independent Network News Television, appeared on the Susan Stamberg Show on NPR, and been featured in an interview with Charles Osgood of WCBS, among others.

Her awards include both Reviewer's Choice and Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times; Gold and Silver certificates from Affaire de Coeur; the RWA Region 1 Golden Leaf; and several sales awards from Bookrak. Ms. Bretton was included in a recent edition of Contemporary Authors.

Barbara loves to spend as much time as possible in Maine with her husband, walking the rocky beaches and dreaming up plots for upcoming books.

Where to find Barbara Bretton online


Stranger in Paradise (Home Front - Book 2)
Pre-release—available October 30, 2014. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,900. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Before they became The Greatest Generation, they were young men and women in love . . . The year is 1953 and England is celebrating a new queen.Yank foreign correspondent Mac Weaver's chance encounter with English reporter Jane Townsend turns unexpectedly into love. But there are dark shadows on the horizon that threaten their happiness and family scandals that just might tear them apart.
Sentimental Journey (Home Front - Book 1)
Pre-release—available October 15, 2014. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,350. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Before they became The Greatest Generation, they were young men and women in love . . . Catherine Wilson and Johnny Danza are wartime penpals and what started off as a patriotic gesture, soon becomes a long-distance friendship. But the last thing she expects on Christmas Eve is to find Johnny lying unconscious on her welcome mat with a heart filled with love that's hers for the taking.
The Day We Met
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 93,370. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When single mom Maggy O'Brien locks eyes with cop Conor Riley, she discovers there's more to Cinderella's story than dancing until midnight.They agree it's just a fling. A weekend of magic, no strings attached. They'll say goodbye and go back to their everyday lives with sweet memories and no regrets. But Maggy and Conor are about to discover that maybe some flings are meant to last forever
Chances Are
Series: Paradise Point, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 123,890. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Who knew finding the love of your life would be the easy part? Three weeks to the day after Maddy Bainbridge announced her engagement to Aidan O'Malley, she found herself stripped and held hostage in the bridal department of the Short Hills Saks in front of her family and her future in-laws. Is it too late to elope?
Mrs. Scrooge
Series: Rocky Hill Romance, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,510. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Previously published by Harlequin Books Single mother Samantha Dean doesn't have time for Christmas. Or romance, for that matter. But can her ten-year-old genius daughter convince her Mrs. Scrooge of a mom that it was time to give Christmas -- and love! -- a second chance?
The Year the Cat Saved Christmas - a novella
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,700. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Christmas used to be the happiest time of the year in the big house on the hill. But this year when the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Day, it will all be over. Can Sebastian, a wily Maine Coon cat, find a way to bring his people back home or will this holiday be their last?
All We Know of Heaven - The Pax Series: Book 4
Series: PAX, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,780. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Their love was forged in fire . . . He would overwhelm a woman Flynn knew that loving him and being loved by him would be an all-consuming passion. There would be no room for reason; there would be no halfway measures. He would demand everything from the woman he wanted, heart and soul and body....
Girls of Summer (Shelter Rock Cove - Book #2)
Series: Shelter Rock Cove, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 117,570. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Just try to keep a secret in Shelter Rock Cove . . . In the grand scheme of things, it really wasn’t such a terrible mistake. People slept with the wrong people every day of the week and somehow the world managed to keep on turning. Ellen and Hall had been good friends and co-workers before last night, and there was no reason to think their friendship couldn’t survive a night of passion.
At Last (Idle Point, Maine - Book #1)
Series: Idle Point, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,710. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
She was his anchor. He was her home. Will past mistakes destroy their love or will they finally find happiness together... at last? AWARDS: 4 stars ~ The Romance Reader Romantic Times Top Pick REVIEWS: "Very few romance writers create characters as well developed and realistic as Bretton's. Her books pull you in and don't let you leave until the last word is read." ~Booklist (starred review)
Midnight Lover
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,480. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
They were sworn enemies by day And passionate lovers by night In a rough Nevada boomtown, Jesse Reardon called every shot -- until beautiful Caroline Bennett stepped off the stagecoach! 4 Stars from Romantic Times – “This spunky, highly entertaining tale sparkles with rapid-fire repartee, colorful anecdotes, and humor."
Her Bad Boy Billionaire Lover (Billionaire Lovers - Book #1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,680. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Megan McLean had never seen a man like Jake Lockwood before. Everything about the tall, dark Aussie stranger screamed danger from his chestnut hair streaked by the sun to his powerful shoulders and the wickedly sensual grin that made her bones melt. He was her dark knight in shining armor, the renegade lover of her dreams, and he wanted only her. First published by Harlequin as Renegade Lover
Bundle of Joy
Series: Rocky Hill Romance, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,290. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
One man One woman One night One big surprise Previously print published by Harlequin American.
Destiny's Child
Series: Crosse Harbor Tine Travel Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,900. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
The CROSSE HARBOR TIME TRAVEL TRILOGY Book 1 - SOMEWHERE IN TIME Book 2 - TOMORROW & ALWAYS Book 3 - DESTINY'S CHILD It's not every day a woman goes traveling through time Dakota Wylie is a wisecracking, unemployed, overweight psychic librarian from Princeton Patrick Devane is an angry, hard-headed spy with a six-year-old daughter who hears voices The only thing they have in common is New Jers
Tomorrow & Always
Series: Crosse Harbor Tine Travel Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,870. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Book 2 in the Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy Timeless Lovers . . . Different Worlds Shannon Whitney didn't believe she had a future until Revolutionary War patriot Andrew McVie crash-lands his time-traveling hot-air balloon in her backyard one summer afternoon and changes her life forever. Their paths should never have crossed but apparently fate has other plans.
Just Like Heaven
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,120. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Because love can happen anywhere . . . Even in New Jersey! *TOP PICK!* Bretton's lyrical writing enthralls from the first page as she immerses readers in a tale of romance and new beginnings. --Romantic Times
Shore Lights
Series: Paradise Point, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 122,160. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
There's nothing more dangerous to a woman's heart than a man who is single, straight, loves his kid, and doesn't kiss and tell . . . USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton has been hailed as a "monumental talent" (AdeC) and now she delves deeply into the mysteries of family and shows us that even the most independent woman is still a daughter at heart.
A Soft Place to Fall
Series: Shelter Rock Cove, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 108,860. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
The first time they met, his dog trashed her car. The second time they met, she set fire to her bathroom. The third time they met, they fell in love. Annie Galloway isn't looking to fall in love again. Sam Butler doesn't want a home and family of his own. Too bad fate has other plans . . . A SOFT PLACE TO FALL is a 100,000 word contemporary romance, previously published by Berkley Books.
Somewhere in Time
Series: Crosse Harbor Tine Travel Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 81,650. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
The CROSSE HARBOR TIME TRAVEL TRILOGY Book 1 - SOMEWHERE IN TIME Book 2 - TOMORROW & ALWAYS Book 3 - DESTINY'S CHILD Reviewers Choice Award - Best Historical Time Travel --Romantic Times Historian Emilie Crosse dreamed of a love that would last forever Who knew she'd have to sail across two centuries to find it?
A Fine Madness
Series: PAX, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,020. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
PAX: Share the adventure! (Formerly published in print by Harlequin American.) It's a dangerous world & heroes are in short supply. Third in the series of books featuring the PAX anti-terrorist organization. Who knew that Max Brody (down-on-his-luck owner of a rundown airstrip in central NJ) and Kelly Madison (daughter of an aging matinee idol) would be the ones to fall in love & save the world?
Honeymoon Hotel
Series: PAX, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,930. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
PAX: Share the Adventure! He's her competition She's the love of his life Maggie Douglass is a former spy turned innkeeper John Adams Tyler is a rocker turned major mogul Between them, they own 317 bedrooms in the honeymoon paradise called the Pocono Mountains So why can't they find a room to call their own?
Playing for Time
Series: PAX, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 92,450. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(3.00 from 1 review)
WIth PAX, the password is danger. Falling in love was easy Staying alive? That's a whole other story . . . He's a spy looking to come in from the cold She's a woman who's never had a real home Sizzling passion . . . heart-stopping danger . . . the ultimate choice . . . Previously published by Harlequin American
Now and Forever
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 216,980. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Three modern women Three shared destinies Three full-length stories One amazing adventure The complete Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy in one volume.
Charmed: A Sugar Maple short story
Price: Free! Words: 9,730. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Can you keep a secret? Growing up in Sugar Maple, Vermont, knit shop owner and sorceress-in-training Chloe Hobbs learned to keep a secret before she learned to tie her shoes. But when a quiet young knitter at an afternoon workshop blurts out a warning about Chloe's unborn baby girl, Chloe and her magickal friends quickly discover just how hard it is to keep the biggest secret of them all.
A Skillet, a Spatula, and a Dream
Price: Free! Words: 15,550. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton shares forty easy-to-prepare recipes that range from Almost Perfect Pad Thai to Atlantic City Zuppa, from Lake Tung Ting Shrimp to Cape May Clam Chowder with humorous and heartwarming takes on the writer's life peppered throughout.

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